A slightly daunting dining experience that aims to encourage participants to re-evaluate their approach to eating. At Dans le Noir? you eat in complete darkness, so it’s the taste, smell and texture of the food on which you focus. Before being led into the pitch-black basement dining room by the restaurant’s blind guides/waiters, you select one of four colour-coded mystery menus: red (meat), blue (fish), green (vegetarian) and white (chef’s special). It’s a profoundly sensory food adventure that makes for a unique evening.
Dans Le Noir?
|Venue name:||Dans Le Noir?||Contact:|
30-31 Clerkenwell Green
|Opening hours:||Lunch served by appointment. Dinner served (fixed sittings) 6.30-7.30pm, 9-9.30pm Mon-Thur, 6.30-7.15pm, 9.15-10pm Fri, Sat; 6.45-8pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Farringdon tube/rail|
|Price:||Set dinner £42 2 courses; £51 3 courses|
Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
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I love the concept, and think it's something every Londoner should try at least once. I went here as a surprise on a blind date the first time, and was swept off my feet. Such an awesome surprise. If you like adventure and surprises, and being put out of your comfort zone, then this is for you. I would recommend it as a different date night with your partner, or for a birthday party with a difference. Definitely chat to your guide for the night - all the blind waiters have interesting stories to tell, and are incredible at what they do. Go for the white menu if you're feeling particularly brave!
Charly Lester, Time Out Head of Dating
Here's a review I wrote of my first date there - http://30datesblog.com/2013/08/10/date-twelve-the-enigma/
Very good experience!
Everyone must Go
Very good place on london
Staff, food, experience was incredible
Terrible do not go this is a total waste of money! I agree that it is about the experience but the food should be at least edible.
The most fantactic restaurant experience I had in town ! Everyone must go ! Food is really ok. But the most important is not the food ... at least something really new !
I always wanted to try this place. So glad I did. The pre-dinner drinks in the lit lounge bar area was nice and the hostess was fun, vibrant and enthusiastic encouraging you (but not forcing) to experiment with your choices, knowing that this is a one-off experience. Once in the darkness (and it truly is pitch black!) guided by your blind waiter, to your table, the babble of diners all around you and yet visuals are down to nothing is an unnerving sensation. Once seated across from your partner (in my case) you realise that you are seated next to others quite closely. This must be to ensure that the waiters can find you according to your orders etc. The experience really enhances your senses and you rely so much more on your tastebuds and touch. By the way, it can get a little messy. The do encourage you to use your food, but the moment I felt a gloopy sauce, I grabbed for my knife and fork in the darkness as that was too much finger-food for my liking! I whole-heartedly recommend going, it is a brilliant idea and a true experience that truly makes you appreciate the whole dining-out event. The dessert is TO DIE FOR! The waiters must be situated very close to you as whenever I called out for my waiter, he was there which is good! When you finally are brought out into the light at the end of your meal, the hostess greets you again and asks you to guess what you thought you ate and then shows you photographs of what they were. Nothing squeamish but fascinating! You really should go!